This labor day weekend, RVNG/Commend is joining efforts to support Houston. We’ll be collecting goods (mini toiletries, dental hygiene essentials, first aid items, pads & tampons, diapers, socks & underwear) to send via the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association. We’ll also be donating 10% of the weekend’s sales at Commend to Harvey relief. Thank you to our friends Rachel Barnhart (Soap Library) and Lauren Willson (who will be donating 100% of proceeds from her Salve sales in-store) for activating this effort!
Ken made first contact with RVNG the winter of 2015. At that intersection, Ken had already released a pair of albums (2010’s ToKiShiNe and 2014’s Tada) and would share a brilliant third (last year’s On The Quakefish) before we arrived at the conclusion that our worlds should share a closer corner in the cosmos.
We shine a light on what we’ve been creating in that (deep) space with the October 20 release of UkabazUmorezU. Like dark shadows cast on corners and across quiet streets, UkabazUmorezU offers a new take on the old night that visits each day on time and without trace. The album exists beyond listening, its own sense and sensibility.
The Gradual Progression is a transformative collection of new music by Greg Fox. The seven pieces of The Gradual Progression activate spiritual states through physical means, Fox’s rigorous inner rhythms the mandalic vessel for unbound expression and arrangement. TGP signals both a reconciliation of disparate musical ventures and a new nirvanic stage in the artist’s oeuvre.
TGP includes contributions from musicians Curtis Santiago, Michael Beharie, Maria Kim Grand, and Justin Frye, all offering various voices through instrument and from within. Fox considers the power of Sensory Percussion, the software program developed by Tlacael Esparza that helped facilitate the vision for TGP, unprecedented – something akin to magic. Tauba Auerbach lends her own brand of magic to the artwork for TGP.
Watch the inner / extra terrestrial video for “Catching An L,” the first offering from TGP, below. The video footage was shot by Greg and repurposed by Johann Rashid:
Pre-order TGP at the shop, standard or artist edition, the latter which features a screenprinted canvas patch designed by Tauba. Pre-order the digital at Bandcamp and get an instant download of “Catching An L”.
pep llopis’ poiemusia la nau dels argonautes makes its waves into the world today via freedom to spend 🌊 an album almost intimidating to be a part of sharing again considering its musical depths / reaches ~
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A certain someone spirits above the second part of Palmbomen II’s Memories of Cindy saga, a passage of five plaintive cuts rendered with spineful percussion, succinct melodies, and classic acid and New Beat textures and treatments.
Cindy’s story may take a darker direction musically in Memories of Cindy Pt. 2, but Kai’s appearance on Real Talk alludes only to strange ways that make up a normal day in Carmel Vista. If you missed part one, back track a bit or enter Palmbomen II’s world at your own risk.
The first three Palmbomen 12”s, Memories of Cindy Pt. 1 – 3, will be available exclusively on vinyl. Memories of Cindy Pt. 4 will be available exclusively as a “box set” including the first three 12”s. Each set includes a unique, pre-tragedy polaroid portrait of Cindy taken by Kai Hugo. Scoop ’em & save on local shipping!
anna homler, jorge martin and maya gingery bring Breadwoman to life in Santa Monica this Thursday ~
champ ensminger reimagines marc barreca’s assembly line of processes and industrialized inquisitiveness in his vignette marc listens.
following sara musselman’s visual work inspired by michele mercure’s Eye Chant album, our Freedom To Respond exhibition series continues for Music Works For Industry.
satpreet kahlon’s sculptures and carl nelson’s illustrations will adorn the Machine House Brewery for a week following a special launch event on Saturday, June 3, co-presented by local crew elevator. marc barreca and rosen will perform live, jed bindeman (1/3 of FTS) will DJ throughout the night.